City snowfall a morning hassle

February 24, 2012 3:37:42 PM PST
Thick snowflakes covered city neighborhood area sidewalks and trees following a heavy, wet snow, making it slushy and hard to shovel.

A few inches fell in the Rogers Park and West Ridge areas, enough to make the morning commute a hassle.

"It's really hard to get kids off to school and it's cold out, and it's wet and the bus is late," said Liz Broumas. "It's inconvenient. I think I'm ready for May!"

For folks like Cassie Niemi, this weather is quite picturesque, and something she's become quite accustomed to.

"It doesn't really faze me," Niemi said. "I'm from the third snowiest city in Michigan's upper peninsula, I'm used to knee-high snow!"

The snow and cold didn't even stop some super plungers from diving into chilly Lake Michigan to benefit Special Olympics of Illinois.

The brunt of the snow storm came during the overnight hours, which made things a little easier for the city's snow plows to move around. By 11 a.m. many residents had cleared side streets, and with these mild temperatures, the snow may not stick around very long, but folks know you can never really be too sure when that next storm is coming.

"You still have to wait a little bit for March," said Wendy Garcia. "I would say the second week of March you'll see another one."

The city used its full fleet to get to the streets right away as everyone woke up to tackle the day.